Safety is, and always will be, a top priority for us. We take our responsibilities seriously – including our duty of care under health and safety legislation – and are always looking to find better ways of protecting the safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors, customers and the public.
As individuals we are also personally responsible for making sure we are ‘fit for work’ and capable of performing our duties safely and effectively.
National Grid plays a critical part in society and the misuse of drugs and alcohol could seriously compromise this role – potentially resulting in catastrophic consequences for us, our families and the communities we serve.
It’s important that we take a proactive approach to this issue and protect ourselves and the people we work with from anyone working for National Grid who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The new UK Drugs and Alcohol Policy, which includes random testing, will help us achieve this.
Following a successful trial earlier this year, the new policy* came into effect on Monday 17 October, replacing the existing global policy in the UK. The global policy will still apply in the US.
Training and briefing sessions will be taking place over the coming months to explain the changes to the policy and processes, with an expectation that random testing will be introduced in spring next year. The policy applies to everyone, as we’re all working together to achieve the same result – a safe and engaged working environment.
The training will cover the effects of drugs and/or alcohol use and will provide information to help you recognise the symptoms. Our employee wellbeing support relating to drugs and alcohol has been improved and anyone who actively seeks help will be treated sympathetically and in a confidential manner.
Medication can restrict your ability to work safely and it is your responsibility to find out about the effects of any medication you take, and to tell your supervisor or manager if they could affect your ability to work safely.
Studies show that individuals with drug and alcohol dependency issues are 33% less productive and four times more likely to hurt themselves or others. By making changes to the policy and processes, and with the introduction of random testing, we aspire to achieve a safe, drug and alcohol-free working environment for everyone.
To find out more about the facts about the effects of drugs and alcohol, or to learn more about the changes to the policy and processes, visit our Drugs and Alcohol site*.
* You will need to be connected to the National Grid network to access these links.